Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Playstation Vita

Sony is giving the handheld industry another try, with the release of the Playstation Vita. While not having a Vita myself, I have read about the new features it supposedly brings the handheld consoles.

While touchscreens are nothing new on handheld consoles, the Vita has an improved touchscreen that works much better than the Nintendo DS. It also has a front and back touchscreen. Why you need a back touchscreen is beyond me. The Vita also features dual thumbsticks, which, while not quite as nice as the ones on the PS3's DualShock 3 controller, are still a step closer to traditional consoles. The Vita has 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities (3G model costs more, obviously). You can also link it to your PSN account, which provides some link to your PS3. There is a camera on the front and back, but let's be honest. Who ever uses it? The Vita has good battery life, comparable with the 3DS. The launch lineup is notably better than the 3DS, however, with games like Uncharted: The Golden Abyss and Rayman Origins.

However, all of this is available at a hefty cost, the Wi-Fi Vita costing $249. But if you have left over from Christmas, it's a good buy overall.